Former India captain and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has showered praises on Harbhajan Singh after the latter announced his retirement from all forms of the game on Friday. Harbhajan made his debut in 1998 and played his last game for India in 2016. During a stellar career, he claimed over 700 scalps across the three formats of the game.
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri has stated that he doesn’t have any regrets over terming Kuldeep Yadav India’s No. 1 overseas spinner in 2019. Recently, veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had stated in an interview to The Cricket Monthly that he felt crushed after hearing Shastri’s statement on Kuldeep. The left-arm spinner had claimed a five-for in the Sydney Test of 2019 while Ashwin was ruled out with an injury.
Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar criticized the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly for speaking out on behalf of the selectors in the matter of Virat Kohli’s sacking as ODI captain. According to Vengsarkar, Ganguly had no business speaking about Kohli’s axing as it is the selectors’ jurisdiction. The former batter also criticized the BCCI for the manner in which they handled the removal of Kohli
South Africa Test captain Dean Elgar has praised Indian cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin, terming him one of the best off-spinners India has ever produced. At the same time, he pointed out that the class bowler has not tasted much success in South Africa, which is why they are not going to focus specifically on him in the build up to the three-match Test series.
India’s No. 3 batter Cheteshwar Pujara feels that India’s fast bowlers could be the difference between the two teams in South Africa. Pujara pointed out that India have always done well away from home when their fast bowlers have delivered, whether in Australia or England. Even on the previous tour, while India lost 1-2, their pacers came up with some excellent performances.
Former India cricketer Madan Lal has urged Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly to respond to Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli’s comments over captaincy change and end the matter. According to Lal, India need to focus on the South Africa tour and not the needles controversies.
Indian cricket’s Test captain Virat Kohli, on Wednesday, held an explosive press conference in which he opened up on everything from his sacking as one-day captain to rumours of his rift with Rohit Sharma. Kohli made is clear that there was no prior intimation given to him about his removal as one-day captain. According to him, he was told one and a half hours before the team selection meeting for the Test squad for South Africa that he would no longer be captain in the one-day format. Kohli also dismissed suggestions that he was requested to stay on as T20 leader following his announcement. Here is a detailed account of statements and clarifications made by Kohli at the press conference.
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has urged cricket experts and fans not to point fingers at Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma unless they have any specific information on the alleged rift between the two superstars of Indian cricket. After Rohit was ruled out of the South Africa Tests due to a hamstring injury, some media reports on Tuesday claimed that Kohli would not be part of the ODIs due to personal reasons. However, a few other reports dismissed the claims and quoted BCCI officials as saying that Kohli had not asked for a break.
Seasoned Team India batter Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the three-match Test series in South Africa due to a hamstring injury. Rohit was earlier named as vice-captain of the team for the Test series, which will begin with the Boxing Day Test at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.